How to Find Out If Someone Has a Green Card

By Carol Adams - Updated April 08, 2017

Migrant workers have become an important part of the U.S. work force, but with this influx has come a large number of illegal aliens who attempt to get work under false pretenses. All too often, people who seem to have a valid green card in fact do not. There are ID mills across the country that churn out thousand of fake green cards. If you want to determine if the person in question has handed you a real green card or a fake, there are several features you can look at. Keep in mind that green cards are not actually green.

How to Spot a Fake Green Card

Look closely at the photo on the card. The government uses a camera that takes the photo at a slight angle, meaning that you should clearly see the right eye and the individual should not be looking directly at the camera. Run a finger over the photo. It it seems to have a raised surface, it's a fake. Check the text in the card, looking for misspellings or missing or misplaced words. Also examine the quality of the text, such as smears or the spacing between the letters being uneven. Compare the date on the front of the card to the one on the back to make sure they match. Look at the hologram. It should have the logo of the Department of Homeland Security.

About the Author

Carol Adams has been writing since 2009. She writes about graphics, 3D and video software for various websites. Adams earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts in liberal arts from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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